A deputy Mayor of London visited a nursery in Fulham to congratulate it on a remarkable Ofsted turnaround.
Joanne McCartney, First Deputy for Educaction and Childcare, dropped in on Townmead Community Nursery in the Sands End Estate after it received an outstanding rating from the government watchdogs.
It had previously struggled to impress inspectors, having been told in an earlier report two years earlier that it required improvement.
Now under new leadership, it reopened in 2015 as a LEYF (London Early Years Foundation).
Today it is led by area manager Shirley Paddock and nursery manager Emma Baggott, and it caters for 48 children between the age of 18 months and five years.
The inspection findings, which included effectiveness of the leadership and management, quality of teaching, learning and assessment, personal development, behaviour and welfare and outcomes for children – were all rated outstanding.
Ms Paddock says: “It’s incredible that in just two years we’ve transformed the nursery into a setting that allows us to offer the highest standards of care and education for children – giving them the best foundations for school and life.”
LEYF’s chief executive June O’Sullivan MBE added: “65% of our LEYF nurseries are rated outstanding and we were therefore delighted that Townmead has also been recognised for its tremendous achievements in just 24 months after previously being told it required improvements.
“The Ofsted report reinforced the nursery team’s aspiration and commitment to delivering great teaching in a nurturing and fun environment.”
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